Review – Uncanny X-Men #18 (AVX)

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Ron Garney
Colors: Jason Keith & Morry Hollowell
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Ron Garney & Matt Milla
Published by: Marvel Comics

Heads up, if you haven’t read AVX #11 this is going to be a massive spoiler situation. That said, I warned you guys.

Kate Kiloare of Superhuman P.R. fame stands alone, everything shattered, broken and wrecked. Standing at the highest point of the escalation and doing damage control to the human population to explain the insane situations revolving around the Earth and Utopia she now looks at shattered remains. This really helps setup where this has all been going, promise of a new life, a new world, peace and prosperity and yet all that’s really here is war and hell and a massive floating island that looks majestic.

You can’t spin a positive twist on the Phoenix losing its last restraints and going supernova. Try as one might this is heavy. We see final encounters between the Phoenix Duo and key mutants but given the control imbalance there’s going to be a lot of resistance no matter who talks to them. We also see some fallout with Colossus and Magik, unfortunately for Colossus his desire to protect and save Magik has bitten him in the rear. This whole arc with Cyttorak explodes in his face and she reveals her being condemned in the past was likely one of those moves that shouldn’t have been turned over. Unfortunately with no one around and all eyes on the Phoenix she’s unchecked for now.

The madness continues back to AVX #11 influenced panels and we have a look inside the elegance of chaos, the two Phoenix force combatants locked in their own minds as they slug it out and blast their way through a united front. The tension growing, the frustrations developing and then… it comes.

For those hoping to see a really solid side issue to compliment the ongoing AVX story, Uncanny X-Men 18 is a solid bet. It details the attempts for a resolution, the inner thinking before the final tide changes and how Colossus just got screwed out of his mind. Hat’s off to Gillen and Garney for that intense moment, it was probably one of the biggest punches in the issue.

Release date: September 12, 2012

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Uncanny X-Men #11 (AvX)

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Pencils: Greg Land
Inks: Jay Leisten
Colors: Guru eFX
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Greg Land & Guru eFX
Published by: Marvel Comics

Avengers and X-Men are clashing on Utopia, the whole battle centering around the future of Mutant Kind and Faith as their last hope to continued existence. In these side issues we’ve seen the teams flash into huge levels of past stories before the event, we’re now current in the story and taking a look at what really went down on the X-Men side for the fight.

Okay so that’s not all true, the main body kicks off with what went down between Hope and Unit, the discussion is brief but it hits a nerve that was rattled with Hope to this point. The girl who has been positioned as a savior to mutant-kind and seen as a threat by entire populations of the universe as potential destructive force to everyone. Unit doesn’t need to say much, he just had to tip the dominoes and at this point it’s hard to say where they will go, just like many other side stories this one gets into a whole other realm of possibilities to derail this whole event.

That’s not the whole story of issue 11, in fact it’s just a brief area, the rest of the battle continues on the island in deeper detail, we see the X-Men push themselves to the limit to keep the Avengers at bay, some going so far to reach their limits like Colossus as the Juggernaut force creeps out in a way he’s always feared of. With blood lust and a struggle for control of the island going on the issue heats up fast and just as numbers of the Avengers start to push over the X-Men, a final move comes out from Cyclops that moves to decide the fate of this entire scenario in a single move. It’s a strategy that deviates from the drive that Cyclops had, but it’s one that will complicate matters worldwide for everyone in this tense event coming their way.

As a side story it’s a leap above what Marvel has been putting out there, being current to the AvX saga helps move the read along even if they sprinkle in some past events in the process. One can only hope all of these outside influences are able to come in and wrap up their stories without leaving plot holes behind. Marvel has their work cut out for them but it’s certainly getting interesting.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆